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  • PERTH: Australia's women's cricket team face an uphill battle

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by Selby

    PERTH: Australia's women's cricket team face an uphill battle to win back the Ashes after suffering a 61-run Test loss to England at the WACA Ground.

    Chasing 185 for victory, Australia were in big trouble at 5-57 entering the fourth and final day.

    A 44-run partnership between Ellyse Perry (31) and Sarah Elliott (29) breathed life into the Southern Stars' run chase as they moved to 5-99.

    England celebrate after taking the wicket of Australia's Sarah Coyte during day four of the Women's Ashes Test at the WACA Ground in Perth.England celebrate after taking the wicket of Australia's Sarah Coyte during day four of the Women's Ashes Test at the WACA Ground in Perth. Photo: Getty Images

    But Perry's dismissal sparked a collapse of 3-7 as Australia were bowled out for 123 shortly before lunch.

    The Test win gave England six points in the multi-format series, which also features three one-dayers and three Twenty20s.

    With each one-dayer and T20 match only worth two points, Australia need to win five of the remaining six matches to regain the urn.

    That will be a tough task against an England side now brimming with confidence following their early success on enemy territory.

    But the visitors will need to find an answer to star Australian allrounder Perry, who was the clear standout during the one-off Test.

    Perry took 3-41 and 5-38 with the ball, and scored 71 and 31 with the bat to give the Stars a sniff of victory.

    England speedster Anya Shrubsole was the hero on the final day, snaring three wickets, including the key scalp of Perry, to put the Stars to the sword.

    Kate Cross took three wickets late on Sunday to put England on track for victory, with Katherine Brunt wrapping up the triumph when she clean bowled Elliott.

    Tony Selby

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  • England can have learned precious little about the finer details of their Ashes plans from a stalemate in their tour opener against a WA Chairman's XI.

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by Selby

    The run-fest of the first two days extended to centuries for Ian Bell (115) and Jonathan Trott (113 not out) on another fine morning, but was then rudely interrupted by an unexpected England collapse either side of lunch as they conceded a 60-run first-innings deficit.

    The hosts then batted out 39 more overs, to the tune of 168 for five declared, so that the inevitable draw could be confirmed at the WACA.

    England at least had the opportunity to again assess the merits of their three tall seamers, Boyd Rankin emerging marginally - certainly not head and shoulders - above Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn.

    The other obviously undecided position for the first Test in Brisbane is at number six - and after Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes mustered only four runs between them, there was minimal evidence to go on.

    Three years ago, England arrived in Perth evidently already sure of their best Test XI and flew on to Adelaide with the confirmation of a heartening victory over strong opposition.

    This time, they have faced a relative motley but one able to take the honours by piling up 451 for five declared thanks to five 50s and a century from their top six.

    All seemed to be going to plan in England's reply by the time Bell retired out to end his third-wicket stand of 193 with Trott. But England then lost their last seven wickets for 57, Jim Allenby picking up four for 58, as a remarkable run of nine 50s or better from 11 individual innings in this match was replaced by a procession of single-figure scores.

    Batsman error, rather than exaggerated deterioration of the pitch or dramatic improvement in the bowling, appeared to be the common denominator as England were bowled out for 391 and then their hosts stumbled to 24 for two before Mitch Marsh (62) and Chris Lynn (61no) dug in. There was no hint of what was to follow when Bell was in situ.

    Then, however, in the space of four overs three more batsmen came and went for the addition of 13 runs.

    After Bell reached a chanceless hundred, including 17 fours and two sixes from 153 balls, the time was judged right to give others a chance to see what they could do against the second new ball.

    Sadly for Ballance, it was the minimum, as he edged a useful delivery behind from Ryan Duffield to add a golden duck to the zero he made in two balls in his only previous innings for England - in a one-day international against Ireland in Dublin two months ago.

    Matt Prior clumped a pull high over the in-field for four before edging a drive behind for Duffield's second wicket in the over.

    Stokes managed a boundary too, down the ground off Allenby, who got his revenge when the left-hander became a third consecutive caught-behind departure - edging an attempted cut.

    Trott remained a reassuring presence, grinding out his century from exactly 200 balls having hit 10 fours and a collector's-item six - muscled over cow corner off a Michael Beer full toss.

    That blow was followed by a broadening of the shoulders from a player rarely associated with clearing the ropes, but then a reversion to type which meant England subsided only slowly as the tail folded to Beer and Allenby.

    Home openers Luke Towers and Marcus Harris had set the tone two days ago with a stand of 115. But this time both fell cheaply to Rankin, Towers caught at third slip and Harris lbw playing no shot to one that kept low after hitting a crack.

    With Test linchpin James Anderson spared any unnecessary second-innings bowling exertions, change bowlers Finn and Stokes might also each have had an early wicket - but Lynn was dropped on 12 by Rankin diving to his left at mid on off the former and then on 19 by Joe Root high to his right at second slip.

    Finn eventually got his second and third wickets of the match, Marsh lbw and Tom Triffitt caught-behind in the same over.

    They had come at the cost of 165 runs by then, and when Tremlett struck for the first time - Ashton Turner lbw pushing forward round his pad - he too had three figures in the penultimate column.   (Sky)

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  • New Zealand v England Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on January 31, 2013 by Selby

    New Zealand v England Cricket Memorabilia

    The forthcoming series in NZ should be excellent for cricket collectables.

    First off, two T20 warm ups at Whangarei which will see fast bowler Stuart Broad return to the side on Monday  having recovered from the heel injury he incurred in the recent India series

    The Nott’s all-rounder lost his Test place to Steve Finn after under par performances in the first two tests at Ahmedabad and Mumbai  where he took no wickets, as it happens Finn took four useful wickets in the 3rd test.

    Cricket Collectables from the series in India which we have available includes signed cricket bats, autographed tour itineraries, signed dinner menus, scorecards and a small selection of match worn kit

    The itinerary for the series is listed below:


    4/2              T20 warm up at Whangarei

    6/2                “   “    “    “     “    “

    9/2               T20 Int Auckland

    12/2             T20 Int Hamilton

    15/2             T20 Int Wellington

    17/2             ODI Hamilton

    20/2             ODI Napier

    23/2             ODI Auckland

    6-10 March Ist Test Dunedin

    14-18  “         2nd Test Wellington

    22-26  “         3rd Test Auckland


    The series has the potential for an exciting 2 months; Broad on form could make the difference

    He needs to return to form having averaged 39.72 with the ball and 14.00 with the bat in his last complete Test Series England v South Africa in the summer.

    Tony Selby


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  • Final Test against India at Nagpur

    Posted on December 14, 2012 by Selby

    Final test against India at Nagpur

    Good performance from Kevin Pietersen as expected yet  how encouraging to see the  21 year old Joe Root on the same score of 73 off 41 extra deliveries, his inclusion in the team was justified by his 103 partnership with Matt Prior – bodes well for the future

    Watch out for Joe Root Cricket Memorabilia

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  • Rare autographs real or fake

    Posted on September 7, 2012 by Selby

    This is a preview of a draft about hand signed sports memorabilia which I am writing  in order to assist autograph collectors in deciding whether the signature is genuine or fake.

    Feel free to comment on any improvements I can make???


    The origins of the autograph

    An autograph may be defined as “any manuscript handwritten by its author; a handwritten signature especially the signature of a famous or admired person.

    The origins of hand signed autographs can be traced back to sixth century ancient Greece however none survive from this period, in fact The earliest autograph, signature of a famous person is probably the Spanish national hero and military leader El Cid  dated 1096 three years before his death.

    .Autographs of most of the great Renaissance figures, including Leonardo da Vinci,Michelangelo, and Ariosto. Still exist however autograph material was to become more prevalent during the 18th century with examples such as George Washington president of the USA or the composer Mozart’s manuscripts.

    A signed letter is more desirable than an autograph as usually the letter contains aspects of the person’s life and work which is why they are so collectable.

    Autograph collation today

    The hobby of collecting autographs is known as philography

    A Philographist or autograph hunter may well focus in one specialised area say sports memorabilia and only collect signatures and associated paraphernalia from say, sports events,  personalities, writers, political figures, art, film, music, world leaders, space travel or conflict etc.

    Autograph collation is an ever popular and rewarding occupation for the professional and amateur alike, the objective being to aspire to obtaining complete sets from each area of their subject in the case of say cricket collectables the 1948 Ashes series, the ink autographs of both England and Australians teams on one official programme, bat or scorecard used at the event would be more desirable than a mismatch.

    Is it a genuine autograph?

    There are numerous forged autographs for sale all over the world not least on the internet and it is a case of buyer beware.

    Rare autograph collectors often request from the vendor certificates of authenticity, it stands to reason that if the seller of a forged item is offering a COA that the certificate is also worthless. It is not a good idea to rely on either guarantees or certificates.

    If a purchaser decides to accept a certificate of authenticity they should ensure that it contains full contact details, dates, venues, and verifiable reputable organisations of which the vendor is responsible to, these details should be followed up with the named organisation.

    PADA, the UACC and AFTAL publish websites from where you can check a listed dealer’s credibility.

    Ascertaining the validity of a carefully crafted fake autograph is a complex matter which is almost impossible for the amateur and the results cannot always be definitive even when a professional opinion is requested.

    One basic method used by unscrupulous vendors is the reprint. This is a photocopy of an actual autographed photo, usually printed from a home computer on to photographic copying paper, this should be declared as a reprint or as preprinted, it is not an authentic autograph and is pretty worthless, unless an existing photo has been autographed later onto the outside surface.

    More sophisticated forgers will target a certain era say 1880s they will use blank pages from books of the same period, then having researched and recreated the inks used at that time they will endeavor to create the replica autograph now using the correct materials, obviously if the copy writing is well researched and applied it is very difficult to detect by an autograph expert but not so by a forensic technician, the technician will be able to age the paper and ink and also to date the document  even when accelerated ageing has taken place.

    Collectors should be careful of rare autographs which may be found on a small piece of card when the bogus card is attached to an authentic piece of memorabilia.

    Frequently secretaries will sign autograph material on behalf of the celebrity creating what is known as a proxy signature. Fortunately it is often well publicized that this is a trait of that particular subject.

    A number of famous people including American presidents Andrew Johnson, Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt have in the past convincingly rubber stamped their “signatures “the result would not be considered  a collectable.


    View with magnifying glass X10 under direct light)

    Seek out a genuine example of the signature from internet comparison sites and use this as your datum point. The main criteria are to know what the signature looks like.

    Move the underside of your wrist or finger over the paper and expect to feel a slight irregularity when you touch the outline of the signature, examine the signature with a magnifying glass (+10) and search for any rising in the area of the signature. If you cannot determine the texture of the raised ink above surface of the paper it is likely to be a copy.

    Examine the ink pattern, look for squeezing at the edges which would indicate stamping, this is usually fairly easy to determine. A shaded purple colour ink can also indicate stamping.

    Compare the autograph with your example, turn the page at 90 degree angle and examine the autographs, then at 180 degrees, doing this  will show a different perspective of the writing comparison, anomalies will stand out and be easier to spot.

    Autographs which are mechanically created are identified by their smoothness and uniform ink deposit throughout the signature. A genuine pen hand signed autograph will show under magnification, a different diameter of stroke, the rate of the wet ink flow as the nib angles, scratch marks, clear areas within the stroke, and the continuous flow of the pen over the paper. A stop and start movement within a stroke would show a hesitant copying technique, you must see that the line flow is uninterrupted and the pen stays mainly on the paper if it is interrupted it will show in stroke breaks.

    Comparison of pen lifts which are absent from the genuine subject are a sure fire method to determine a fake, these are typical of a forgery in which the writer pauses to check his handiwork.

    Look for a lack of feathered beginning and ending strokes, a fake will tend to have blunt stops and starts.

    A lack of certainty in direction may show abrupt movements creating a kinked appearance to a line which should flow smoothly

    When a nib pen is used expect to see light hairline upstrokes and heavy shaded down stokes in a genuine signature, this will not be so noticeable if a ball point pen is used

    Consider the time factors if for example an autograph dated around 1950 is signed with a felt pen it is a fake as felt pens did not exist at this time and the autograph should be signed in ink or pencil. The Papermate flair felt tip was not manufactured until the early ‘60s, commercial ball point pens became available in 1943 and so on. Research is the key.

    Signed sports memorabilia such as a football shirt or cricket cap can be hard to assess as the ink tends to soak into the fabric giving a smudge like appearance which is difficult to validate, the only way to be sure is to be there at the signing or rely on provenance from a reputable dealer.

    If the asking price for an item of sports memorabilia is way below a realistic valuation don’t bother purchasing as it’s probably a fake.

    The more signatures there are on a piece, the more mistakes there are to spot. Compare an autograph sheet with half a dozen genuine signatures with one containing fakes and it easy to spot the real ones.

    Consider the characteristics of period the autograph purports to belong to, examine the paper used, does the magnified make up match the type used in that era. The specification of the paper may give valuable clues as to the approximate age parameters of theautograph.

    Since biblical times vellum or parchment was the type of paper in use this changed around 1850 to the use of wood, cotton or linen pulp, so if you are lucky enough to have the autograph of William Pitt (died 1806) it should be signed on vellum type of paper, Charles Dickens (died 1870) could be either or Alfred Tennyson (died 1892) most probably signed on a wood pulp type paper.

    Don’t forget that paper can be matched using cut out pages from writings of a similar time.

    Examine ink colour, does the make up under magnification match the characteristics of the period, iron gall ink was popular from about the 12th century up until new technologies made it obsolete around 1850,  this ink is bluish black, over time it fades to dull brown. It is a corrosive ink and over time can damage the paper it is used on. Since the early 1900s Indian ink (carbon) has become the popular one manufactured in a range of colours.

    Micro-spectrophotometry is a non-destructive method of analysing ink using ultraviolet of infrared light, the spectrum of the ink on the document can be compared with a range of standard inks, this can authentic the ink but not the author. However it does narrow things down and makes for a more informed decision.

    Think about how, when and why a rare autograph originated and in what numbers it is available, if the seller has a number of copies of a rare autograph you must ask yourself why?

    Never ever enter a private auction sale; always look for transparency on the internet

    Written by Selby>




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  • England v South Africa - Lords day 5

    Posted on August 20, 2012 by Selby

    Strauss and Cook  both out lbw  on day 4 at Lords  all down to Vernon Philander's inswing bowling skills, now Bell gone as well, surely they can't leave it up to Bairstow again, it would be great if he put in another 1st innings performance, great for the critics, as I write on day 5, England need 301 and Ladbrokes have England at 40/1 which actually looks not a such a bad bet,  SA are 1/7 on.


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  • Jim Laker Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 29, 2012 by Selby


    Cricket Memorabilia – Autographed Team sheets, Signed Scorecards, Real Press Photos, Tour Brochures, Autographed Bats, Cricket Collectables.

    Jim Laker Cricket Memorabilia is often sold as reprinted material; genuine original items are relatively scarce and are becoming sought after by collectors of Cricketana.

    Jim Laker (1922 – 1988) was a master of spin bowling who played in 46 Test Matches in the late 1940s and 1950s taking 193 Test wickets at 21.24. During his First Class career he played for Surrey CCC taking 1944 wickets at an average of 18.41.

    Of his many Cricket achievements one which particularly stands out is the occasion at Old Trafford in 1956 when Jim took 19 Australian wickets in one Test Match. Having been run out for 3 runs in the 1st innings he set about the Australian batsman leaving only Ray Lindwall at the crease (Jim Burke was bowled by Tony Lock, Leics, Surrey).

    In the 2nd innings Australian skipper Ian Johnson was the only man left standing at the wicket. Not surprisingly England won the match by an innings and 173 runs.

    JC Laker was born in Shipley West Yorkshire; in his early cricketing days he showed a preference for pace bowling rather than the slow off spin which would make him a household name.

    Showing a keen interest in Cricket Jim attended Herbert Sutcliffe’s indoor Cricket nets at Headingley He soon became a member of the Saltaire Cricket Club playing in the Bradford League, at his stage Jim was better known for his batting than his wicket taking.

    Stationed in the Middle East at the beginning of WW2, with the Royal Army Ordinance Corps Jim found himself in the company of other notable Cricketers and was soon playing matches between representative service sides with the encouragement of Norman Yardley. Returning from his overseas duties he was billeted in Catford London where he joined the local Cricket Club, it is interesting that from his days at the indoor nets at Headingley the natural progression for one showing Jim’s Cricket talents would have been a trial for Yorkshire CCC however having made an impression at Catford that enviable opportunity was afforded to Surrey CCC who signed him as a professional in 1946. His debut for Surrey was at the Oval where he was selected to play the Combined Services in July 1946 in the company of names such as Voce, Bedser, Shirreff and Watts, Jim scored 3 runs and took 3 wickets in the 1st innings, followed by 3 wickets and a catch in the 2nd innings, it was a good start.

    Any Cricket Memorabilia from these early days is always very collectable I personally have not come across any prior to his First Class debut.


    I have listed below some of the more memorable events in his career from which Cricket Collectables are sought after:

    The first match I have listed is his test debut in Barbados.

    1948 West Indies v England at Kensington Oval Bridgetown, 1st innings 7/103. Match drawn. The skipper was Ken Cranston standing in for Gubby Allen who was injured whilst sailing to the island.

    1948 England v Australia at Nottingham 1st innings (Barnes,Morris,Miller,Johnson) 4/138) couldn’t stop Bradman making 138, Hassett 137, Australia won by 8 wickets.

    1951 England v South Africa, Kennington Oval.

    1956 England v Australia at Old Trafford, 9/37 and 10/53 in the 2nd innings – Harvey, Mackay Maddocks, Johnson all went for ducks, plus 4 more players including Miller in the 2nd innings.

    Laker ended the Australian first innings with 7 wickets for 8 runs in 22 balls.

    Any joint signatures from County Championship matches with his team mate Tony Lock are rare but great finds if you come across them. If they are authentic buy them. The two spin bowlers made a formidable partnership which helped win the County Championship on seven consecutive occasions.


    Full name

    James Charles Laker


    9 February 1922


    23 April 1986 (aged 64)

    Batting style


    Bowling style

    Right arm off break

    International information

    National side


    Test debut (cap 328)

    21 January 1948 v West Indies

    Last Test

    18 February 1959 v Australia

    Domestic team information



    1962–1964 Essex
    1946–1959 Surrey
    1951–1952 Auckland

    Career statistics





    46 450

    Runs scored

    676 7,304

    Batting average

    14.08 16.60


    0/2 2/18

    Top score

    63 113

    Balls bowled

    12,027 101,370


    193 1,944

    Bowling average

    21.24 18.41

    5 wickets in innings

    9 127

    10 wickets in match

    3 32

    Best bowling

    10/53 10/53


    12/– 270/–

    Source: CricketArchive, 7 January 2009


    Good luck with your collecting

    Do let me know how you get on??

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia

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  • Ray Lindwall Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 25, 2012 by Selby


    The Invincibles Aussie Fast bowler who took 114 wickets in 29 Tests - Cricket Memorabilia - Official scorecards, Autograph Sheets, Photos; Tour Brochures are all in demand by Cricketana enthusiasts.

    Australian Ray Lindwall (1921 – 1996) was regarded by many as the ultimate opening pace bowler, with all the attributes required to compete at the highest level, in swingers, out swingers, subtle pace changes, searing yorkers and intimidating bouncers were all part of his arsenal. Lindwall was a fast scoring batsman in fact the complete all-rounder.

    Ray Lindwall was born in 1921 in Sydney New South Wales, he showed an early interest in Sport especially Rugby and Cricket, and encouraged by his headmaster at Marist Brothers Kogarah secondary school he soon joined the school eleven where he had many successes as a schoolboy.

    It is said that he got his initial inspiration from watching the England side playing in the 1st Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground in December 1932. England’s fast bowler Harold Larwood took 5 wickets in the 1st innings and 5 for 28 runs in the 2nd innings, however this did not stop Stan McCabe scoring 187 not out in the 1st innings. This series became known as Bodyline owing to intimidatory bowling by the Tourists.

    On leaving school he joined the St George Club competing in Sydney Grade Cricket at the Hurtsville Oval, by December 1938 he was playing in the 1st team.

    Much of Lindwall’s early success came on the Rugby pitch, in the winter of 1940 he was playing fullback in the Rugby League premiership for St George, this came to an unexpected end due to events at Pearl Harbour. Ray Lindwall enlisted in the Military serving in New Guinea until the end of WW2 in 1945.

    Following the War Lindwall did play 31 first grade Rugby League games for St George before retiring from competitive rugby at the end of the 1946 season following his teams defeat in the Grand Final against Balmain.

    Ray Lindwall Rugby Memorabilia from 1940 -46 is scarce and would be of interest to me as I have only come across few examples i.e. signed St George programme, more examples would be welcomed.

    In 1941 Lindwall made his debut in First Class Cricket at the age of 20, he was selected to play against Queensland at Brisbane, during an inauspicious 1st innings Lindwall took one catch and bowled 36/3, he batted at number 10 scoring 1 and 10 runs respectively, Bill O’Reilly a medium pace spin bowler in fact took 10 wickets in the match.

    Lindwall resumed his Cricket in 1945 when NSW played Victoria, batting at no 9 he scored 134 in 175 minutes not out while Sid Barnes opening the batting scored 154. His bowling was consistent throughout the season accordingly he was selected for the Australian tour of New Zealand making his Test debut at Wellington in March 1946. He bowled 13/1 in the 1st innings in which NZ only managed a total of 42 runs, in the 2nd innings Larwood bowled 16/1, (his batting resulted in a duck) Australia won by an innings and 103 runs. When Larwood was not taking wickets he could certainly contain the runs,

    In many cases I would attempt to restrict my collection to pre-war examples but in the case of Lindwall most of his success came after the war ended in 1945 so I have listed below specific matches that I would be personally interested in as a collector.

    When viewing Cricket Memorabilia I tend to link the Cricketer with a memorable match event or series, accordingly my list reflects this, Lindwall opening partnerships with Keith Miller are legendary they emerged as an attacking opening partnership in the 1947/48 test series against England and of course to find an event scorecard, programme, brochure, photograph signed by both players is even better!!


    1947 Australia v England at Melbourne 2nd innings 100 runs off 90 balls, bowled Alec Bedser, caught Cyril Washbrook.

    1947   Australia v England at Sydney 1st innings 7/63 – Hutton was injured on 122 runs Australia win by 5 wickets.

    1948 Australia v India at Adelaide 2nd innings 7/38 (1st innings Barnes 112, Bradman 201 ,Hassett 198). Australia wins by an innings and 16 runs.

    1948 England v Australia at Lords 5/70 Australia win by 409 runs.

    1948 England v Australia at the Oval 1st innings 6/20 England all out for 52 runs. Australia win by an innings and 149 runs.

    1948 Nottingham at Trent Bridge 6/14 match drawn

    Any Ray Lindwall Memorabilia associated with the 1948 and 1953 tour to England is very collectable.

    Below I have listed some Lindwall statistics which demonstrate the attributes of the great all-rounder.


    Full name

    Raymond Russell Lindwall


    3 October 1921
    Mascot, New South Wales, Australia


    23 June 1996 (aged 74)
    Brisbane, Australia


    1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

    Batting style

    Right-hand batsman

    Bowling style

    Right-arm fast



    International information

    National side


    Test debut (cap 165)

    29 March 1946 v England

    Last Test

    28 January 1960 v India

    Domestic team information



    1941/42–1953/54 New South Wales
    1954/55–1959/60 Queensland

    Career statistics





    61 228

    Runs scored

    1,502 5,042

    Batting average

    21.15 21.82


    2/5 5/19

    Top score

    118 134*

    Balls bowled

    13,650 42,970


    228 794

    Bowling average

    23.03 21.35

    5 wickets in innings

    12 34

    10 wickets in match


    Best bowling

    7/38 7/20


    26/– 123/–

    Source: CricketArchive, 27 December 2007


    On his retirement from First Class Cricket in 1960 Ray was a beneficiary of the NSWCA retired player benefit plan, the same year he was given life membership of the MCC

    In 1965 he received the MBE for his services to Cricket,  he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of fame in 1996

    Ray Lindwall has written two books “Flying Stumps” in 1954 (some signed copies are still available) and “The Challenging Tests” in 1961, I do not personally have either book in signed form and am on the lookout to find good examples.

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby
    Cricket Memorabilia

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  • Denis Compton Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 20, 2012 by Selby


    Cricket Memorabilia – Bats, Caps, Scorecards, Autographs, Photos, Compton scored over 123 first class centuries took 622 wickets and in the field was responsible for 416 batsmen returning to the pavilion.

    Compton (MiddlesexEngland) was a dashing right hand bat whose Cricket was followed ball by ball by a legion of admirer’s both at the ground and over the airwaves. In 1947 alone he scored 3816 first class runs at an enviable average of 91 runs included 18 highly entertaining centuries.

    Denis Compton (1918 – 1997) Professional Footballer, England Cricketer, He was a right hand bat and slow left arm bowler he became a household name soon after the war when he was one of a number of select Cricketers who put the spark back into the game, something that had been missing since International Cricket was put on hold in 1939.

    Compton was born in Hendon UK, as a schoolboy he played for North London Schools against South London Schools at Lords making 88 runs. Following more early successes he joined the Lords ground staff in 1933 playing his first match for Middlesex just three years later.

    When collecting Rare Autographs and Cricket Memorabilia it is important to associate the item to a memorable event and personality, early matches which Compton took part in are of particular significance especially Test Matches played against Australia, however one can never discount items collected at any time of a legends sports career. From my point of view I tend to see Memorabilia as either Pre-war or Post war, it can be a good idea to concentrate in one area such as this. Often when collecting items associated with persons who were not prolific signers, it is a case of sourcing what is available and making a small adjustment in value dependant on the event.

    Condition of Collectables is important but one must be realistic, Caps, Bats, Balls, Blazers and equipment which are match worn should look match worn, scorecards, team sheets, tour brochures, postcards and cricket ephemera must be considered by age. autographs for example are unlightly to deteriorate with age so should be in good condition, whereas a wartime Wisden editon the original paper wrappers may well show signs of wear, it will have been extensively read and maybe handed down from previous generations so again judgement should be used in considering condition. .

    Below I have briefly noted some early very Collectable Dennis Compton matches.

    Compton made his Test debut (with Cyril Washbrook) in 1937 against New Zealand at the Oval batting at no 4, he scored 64 before being run out, the second highest score behind Joe Hardstaff jnr (103) he was credited with taking 3 wickets in the 2nd innings, the match resulted in a draw. During the 1937 season Compton made 1981 runs in First Class Cricket.

    He was selected to play against Australia in 1938 and he made 102 runs in the 1st test at Trent Bridge an inning which saw 3 England centuries (Hutton, Paynter, Compton) in spite of Compton catching Stan McCabe on 232, the match ended in a draw.

    He scored 76 not out in the 2nd test (2nd innings) at Lords, 3rd test abandoned, 4th test at Leeds not so good, same at the Oval where Len Hutton opened the batting and scored an amazing 364, Joe Hardstaff jnr (169 not out, Maurice Leyland 187), the 4 match test series ended in a draw against a seemingly strong Australian side.

    Compton missed the 1939 tour to South Africa playing football instead however he was back in action playing the touring West Indies in 1939. In the first test, 1st innings at Lords he scored 120 whilst opener Len Hutton scored 196. The second test at Old Trafford produced no significant Compton event as per the third test at the Oval, England won the three series 1-0. I actually have a hand signed photograph of Compton taken at Lords this photograph would be significant as it was the only century he made in the series and by far his highest score. (He put on a 248 stand with Len Hutton in a 2 hour 10 minute spell) a signed photo of both Hutton and Compton from the same event would be very collectable.

    Pre-war test matches make for excellent Cricket Memorabilia, the ones mentioned above would be extremely collectable.

    With the start of WW2 Compton joined the Army, stationed initially in Sussex, which enabled him to enjoy occasional weekend Cricket and Football. .

    Compton pursued both Cricket and Football up to and after the war, he was having to juggle his commitments to both sports. As a professional footballer Compton had joined Arsenal in 1932 and made his league debut against Derby in 1936, playing on the left wing. He played a number of games for the Army during WW2 also winning two International caps.

    In 1950 Compton helped Arsenal to an FA victory winning the Cup from Liverpool.

    During his years with Arsenal Compton played 60 matches scoring 16 goals he retired from football in 1950.

    I have listed below some First Class Cricket statistics which demonstrate what a talented cricketer Denis Compton was:

    Source: Cricinfo, 23 April 1997

    Full name

    Denis Charles Scott Compton


    23 May 1918


    23 April 1997 (aged 78)
    Windsor, BerkshireEngland


    5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

    Batting style


    Bowling style

    Slow left-arm chinamen

    International information

    National side


    Test debut (cap 297)

    14 August 1937 v New Zealand

    Last Test

    5 March 1957 v South Africa

    Domestic team information



    1936–1964 MCC
    1936–1958 Middlesex
    1944/45 – 1945/46 Europeans (India)
    1944/45 Holkar

    Career statistics





    78 515

    Runs scored

    5807 38942

    Batting average

    50.06 51.85


    17/28 123/183

    Top score

    278 300

    Balls bowled

    2710 36640


    25 622

    Bowling average

    56.40 32.27

    5 wickets in innings

    1 19

    10 wickets in match

    0 3

    Best bowling

    5/70 7/36


    49/– 416/–

    Source: Cricinfo, 23 April 1997


    Denis Compton’s First Class Cricket career ended in 1958, he entered the world of social media as a Journalist writing for the Sunday Express and as a popular Commentator on the BBC.

    Denis Compton was named Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1939.

    He was awarded the CBE in 1958 and was elected President of Middlesex CCC in 1991.

    He has a Cricket ground named after him at the Shenley Cricket Centre in Radlett Herts which he opened in the summer of 1997 “The Denis Compton Oval”, ironically the ground was originally designed by WG Grace, it also has a splendid nineteenth century pavilion. Well worth a visit!!

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia

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  • Herbert Sutcliffe Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 17, 2012 by Selby


    Cricket Memorabilia – Sutcliffe and Hobbs Legendary Opening Batsmen – Caps, Tour Collectables Signed Autographs, Scorecards, Sepia Press Photos are sought after by fans and collectors.

    Herbert Sutcliffe (1894 – 1978) was born in North Yorkshire, a professional Cricketer he played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and England, a right hand opening batsman his first class career began with end of WW1 and continued until the start of the second World War which interrupted International Cricket in 1939.

    At the age of 13 Sutcliffe had begun playing local League Cricket for the Pudsey Brittania Club, at 17 his talents and powerful drive had come to the attention of Yorkshire CCC, after a trial in the nets he was invited to play for the 2nd eleven, following some notable success in the Bradford league his promising start was put hold as he enlisted for Military service. Having played some Cricket during the War, it was not until 1919 that he made his First Class debut in a Yorks v Glos County Match at the Spa Gloucester, batting number 6 he was caught by Alfred Dipper (one test Eng v Aus 1921) for 11 runs.

    In 1919 Sutcliffe had a double first against Northampton in a County Championship match, when he opened the batting with Holmes, scored his maiden century in first class cricket and put on a 279 first wicket stand, his contribution was 145 runs before being caught off John Seymour by the Northants skipper Joseph Beasley. Holmes and Sutcliffe continued as the opening pair scoring five centuries each, including a 174 (c Lionel Hedges, b Tich Freeman) for Sutcliffe against Kent at Dover.

    First Class Matches played by Sutcliffe which are of particular interest to me as a collector of Cricket Memorabilia are usually ones associated with memorable events I have listed below a few that I am personally interested in:

    Early day’s pre 1919 in the Bradford League with Pudsey Britannia, Yorks.

    Northampton v Yorkshire (1st innings at Northampton) 1919.

    Kent v Yorkshire (1st innings at Crabble Athletic Ground Dover) 1919.

    Surrey v Yorkshire, 1st innings (232) at the Oval 1922.

    England v South Africa at Edgbaston 1924.

    England v Australia tour 1924/25.

    Yorkshire v Middlesex 1st innings (235) at Headingley 1925.

    The Holmes and Sutcliffe private tour of India Ceylon 1930/31.

    Essex v Yorkshire 1st inning (313) bowled by Eastman at the County ground Leyton 1932.

    Bodyline series 1932/33, 1st innings at Sydney (194) any bodyline series is very collectable.

    Plus many more First Class Matches of note.

    Sutcliffe made his Test debut in 1924 against South Africa at Edgbaston opening the innings with his nemesis Jack Hobbs, they achieved a partnership of 136 in the 1st innings and 268 in the 2nd Test at Lords.

    Cricket Memorabilia featuring both Sutcliffe and Hobbs is always sought after.

    Listed below are some statistics to demonstrate Sutcliffe’s outstanding achievements

    Statistics supplied by Cricinfo.

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    Sutcliffe became a Test selector and was an active member of the Yorkshire Committee following his retirement.

    Yorkshire CCC named the Sutcliffe gates at Headingley in honour of their Legendary opening batsman. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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